Published in Overland Issue 216 Spring 2014 · Uncategorized Collected melancholy Pam Brown a dead bee on the bus seat, a bipolar daughter cherishing her hands, she’s ‘miles away’ – in every second poem – All the reasons not to believe in anything anymore Words lost and scattered all along the path There’s nothing left to say The wind rises The world slips away The other side The Arc surrounding this grim landscape is losing its colour I think it’s wearing out Hang on And leave a faint memory on earth A gesture of regret A sour expression What I did best & further sombre artifice – walking from sulphide to bromide imagining some scenographic terrain – the indian ocean looks choppy from the plane, its clobbered shore already sunk – holding the baby with the peachy fur dome head & making jokes about already dead poets, nearly dead, halfway dead, lining up for ‘Reading Australia’ now, what is that? – here he goes again, the brilliant sad sack – There is no longer even a place For the words I will leave – yesterday, you were found on wikipedia blogging your new album on a national bluegrass site, then, scrolling down – you’d died seven months ago O closed heart O heavy heart O deep heart You will never get used to sorrow – perhaps this place takes itself seriously – ‘Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions’, in time ( you wonder) when did emotions begin? Note: ‘the brilliant sad sack’ comes from Pierre Reverdy Pam Brown Pam Brown has published many chapbooks, pamphlets and full collections of poetry, most recently Stasis Shuffle (Hunter Publishers, 2021). She lives in a south Sydney suburb on reclaimed swampland on Gadigal Country. More by Pam Brown Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of supporting writers, and publishing ideas and voices often excluded from other places. If you like this piece, or support Overland’s work in general, please subscribe or donate. Related articles & Essays 1 First published in Overland Issue 228 2 June 20232 June 2023 · Friday Poetry Three Chaingrass poems Catherine Vidler Three visual poems from Catherine Vidler's Chaingrass series. First published in Overland Issue 228 1 June 20231 June 2023 · Politics Turning peaceful protesters into criminals—again Evan Smith So the Summary Offences (Obstruction of Public Places) Bill 2023 has been passed by South Australia’s Legislative Assembly and will become law. Fifteen hours of debate in the upper house, led by the Greens and SA Best, could not overturn the bill that was reportedly rushed through the lower house in just twenty-two minutes a fortnight ago.